Detroit Lions veterans reported to training camp Saturday, and head coach Jim Caldwell held his annual camp kickoff press conference with the media.
Here are the key questions from that media session:
Is there any update on injured left tackle
Caldwell didn’t offer any updates on the timetable for Decker’s return, but did say that Decker is out of the sling after undergoing right shoulder surgery, and is on track in his rehab.
“He’s coming along and making really good progress,” Caldwell said of his second-year left tackle. “He’s on track. Beyond that, he’s out of his sling, so he’s working at it.”
Decker has begun training camp on the PUP list after injuring the shoulder in OTAs in early June.
What about punter
Martin injured an ankle away from the practice facility earlier this month, and will start training camp on the NFI (Active-Non-Football Injury) list.
“We expect him to come back sometime during training camp,” Caldwell said. “We’ll see.”
What will his message be to the team in their first meeting Saturday?
Caldwell has had a pretty consistent message since arriving in Detroit in 2014. He always tries to get his teams to focus in on fundamentals.
“It’s a thought-out process,” Caldwell said of his first message to the team. “Some of it is intertwining some of the things we’ve done previously in the offseason. It all started a new year for us in the spring so a lot of that stuff we cover – where we need to improve and how we need to improve.
“Just in terms of basic thought and principles of what we’re trying to get done, we’re going to try and be the best possible team we can be in terms of our fundamentals and technique. That’s the key. Those are the things that help you win in these ballgames. How good are we at those things?”
Caldwell lives by the philosophy that if you take care of the little things, the big things will usually take care of themselves.
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